How Super Eagles striker contracted COVID-19

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Nigerian striker, Paul Onuachu has tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The 26-year-old came out positive on Wednesday following tests conducted on the whole team by his Belgian side, Genk on Tuesday.

However, nis Nigerian compatriots at the club, Stephen Odey and Cyril Dessers, tested negative.

The players had reportedly been subjected to COVID-19 tests ahead of the club’s Thursday’s pre-season game against Eendracht Termien.

“In the run-up to the first exhibition game of the season, the entire Genk group was tested yesterday (Tuesday).

“Everyone tested negative except Onuachu,” Belgian site, hln.be reported.

He has reportedly proceeded on isolation while the pre-season game will go on as planned.

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Onuachu had returned to Nigeria on May 27 alongside Super Eagles teammates, Victor Osimhen and Imoh Ezekiel.

But he returned to the Luminus Arena on June 28.

Onuachu is the second Nigerian footballer to contract the virus after Akpan Udoh, who contracted it in February 2020.

The striker joined Genk last summer from Danish side Midtjylland, quickly establishing himself as a key member of Hannes Wolf’s team.

Before the Belgian top-flight was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Super Eagles striker scored 10 goals and provided two assists which helped his side to a seventh-place finish.

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